Rep. Hood gives legislative update to 20th Century Club members

Reported by Donna McKay, Club Reporter


The May meeting of the Ackerman Twentieth Century Club was held Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce meeting room with nine members and two guests present.

President Susan Shurden called the meeting to order and Donna McKay was called on as Program Leader for May. Merle McLeod gave the meditation from a book entitled “Amazing Grace”, which was a compilation of stories behind many beloved hymns – namely “America the Beautiful”. Donna McKay led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Donna McKay then introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Representative Joey Hood. Representative Hood presented an extremely informative legislative update from his most recent session in Jackson. Education, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking were three topics that were discussed extensively and of great interest to our membership.

After Representative Hood’s legislative update, the meeting was recessed for refreshments, which were provided by Hostess Marina Loper as we wanted to have an opportunity to share our food and thoughts with Representative Hood, and to also share ‘Good Things’. After refreshments, the meeting was re-adjourned and the minutes from the April meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was given by Johnie Power.

The State Convention Report was given by President Shurden. Twentieth Century Club received the following awards: Honor Club; Yearbook – 2nd place; Education-Community Service Projects – 3rd place; Leadership – 1st place & Creativity Award; Fundraising & Development – 1st place & Creativity Award; Youth Art – 1st place.

Committee Reports: The Membership attendance prize was won by Merle McLeod. DYW Chairman Ginny Lucas gave a Distinguished Young Women report. She reported that the selling of JuneFest t-shirts was successful and tickets for the State program will go on sale July 1st. Fundraising Chairman Tinker Forrester stated that all members will be needed to work Bingo on Saturday, June 1st during JuneFest.

Chairman Reports: Art Chairman Tinker Forrester provided a display of all the youth art that was entered at the District and State levels, along with the ribbons that were won. She will be attending the awards programs at AES to present the art, ribbons and monetary awards to the winners. In the absence of Education Chairman Jo Anne Reid, President Shurden announced that Dayna Presley received the $750 Carol McAdams Memorial Scholarship. Legislation Chairman Donna McKay advised that the club had received an invitation to attend the meeting of the Winston County Republican Women on May 20th in hopes that a Choctaw County committee could be formed.

In Unfinished Business, the drawing for cash prizes for reports turned in on time and for reports that won at District and State was held. Donna McKay was the big winner, taking both $25 awards!

In New Business, President Shurden announced the filling of vacancies for the new club year: President’s Special Project – Honoring Veterans – Chellie Cardone; Public Issues – Belinda Vowell; Fundraising Committee – Chellie Cardone; Hospitality Committee – Belinda Vowell

Announcements made of upcoming events: June 1 – Pet Show at 9 am; Bingo at 3 pm; July 13 – Summer Institute; July 18 – 20 – DYW in Meridian; July Planning Meeting – to be determined and contacts made.

The membership recited the ‘Collect’ and the meeting was dismissed.


Pictured is Club member Donna McKay and Club President Susan Shurden. Donna won both cash drawings at the meeting.

Pictured is Club member Donna McKay and Club President Susan Shurden. Donna won both cash drawings at the meeting.